Coffee House | September 8

Phil Helton & Rick McKee

Phil Helton & Rick McKee

The community is invited to attend the next Ascension Coffee House on September 8th, which takes place from 7:00-9:00 PM in the parish hall at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Cartersville. This local listening room for original song gives area songwriters an opportunity to share their creative work with an appreciative audience.

Our next guest musician is Phil Helton, from Rome. Helton has played guitar since he was in college and began playing the five-string banjo about ten years later. He has performed bluegrass and “old -time” country music around Rome and Northwest Georgia for several years. A member of the Rome Area Songwriters since 2004, Helton describes his music, as follows: “Many of my songs are drawn from memories of a simpler time when I was growing up, while some of my songs are about the characters and folks of the legendary wild west that I have met in my imagination. I enjoy trying to paint a visual representation of the characters and their stories, with words and music in the minds of an audience, much like the old time radio shows.”

Rick McKee will continue to serve as host of Ascension Coffee House. McKee is a singer/songwriter, composer, music educator, and multi-instrumentalist from Cartersville. He has released two albums on the Cosmic Possum label.

Admission is free to the community, but all voluntary tips and donations collected will benefit the rector’s discretionary fund at Church of the Ascension. Food contributions are appreciated for the Backpack Buddy Program in our local schools. Needed items include: Ramen noodles, boxes of instant oatmeal, boxes of fruit snacks, boxes of granola bars, fruit cup 4-packs, Easy Mac cups, canned soup, cans of ravioli, 6-packs of applesauce, and 6-packs of raisins.

Please join us from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, September 8th, in the church parish hall at The Episcopal Church of The Ascension, 205 West Cherokee Avenue, Cartersville. Enjoy some great, live music and help a worthy cause. For more information, visit Facebook at, go to the church’s web site at or call 770-382-2626. All are welcome!